Inspiring your kids to be keep fit can be very difficult, but fortunately there are a number of fitness tips for kids that could help you in this regard by making the entire business far more entertaining for your children as well as for you, the parent.
Find Out What Your Child Likes To Do
Your child should be aware that “fitness” and “sport” are not necessarily synonymous and that there are a number of ways for them to be active even if they don’t like sport. Discuss with them what their favorite activities are. Your child may enjoy one of the following alternatives to formalized sport:
- Walking on the beach
- Playing tag
Once you and your child have determined what it is they like to do, set aside time for that activity. With younger children you will probably have to do the fitness activity with them, but this will give you an opportunity to work on your own fitness as well as a chance to bond with your child over something that you know he or she enjoys.
Turn Off Sedentary Habits
Sedentary habits refer to those activities that involve:
- Cell phones
In order to encourage alternative activities that have higher value in terms of the fitness and exercise they provide, it may be a good idea to limit the amount of time your children can have with the above mentioned gadgets. This will only work with children who are still in school. In this regard you will need to lead by example by limiting your own sedentary activity time and actively pursuing activities that provide more exercise. You will need to provide your children with alternatives to these sedentary activities. In addition it may be better to give them more freedom on certain days of the week, for example, Saturdays, in terms of choosing their own activity preferences.
Encourage Physical Activity
You and your children need to get about thirty minutes of activity a day. This can include things like walking, biking, swimming or running. There are a few ways in which you can achieve this:
- Walk to the store instead of driving, if it is close enough. If it is not close enough consider parking further away from the entrance and taking a walk with your child.
- Biking with your children instead of driving will also be helpful in this regard, although not always a genuine possibility.
- When you have the choice between the elevator and the stairs, take the stairs. To make it fun for the child, and to encourage more exercise, have a race to the top, when the setting allows for this.
Eat Healthily As A Family
A major part of being fit includes eating correctly. Feed your children food consisting of:
- Lean proteins
- Foods high in fiber
- Whole grains
- Low-fat or nonfat dairy products
- Vegetable-based oils
- Snack options that include a lot of fruits and vegetables
Stay away from food that is high in sugar or simple carbohydrates. Eating together as a family on a fairly regular basis will allow you to serve as a role model in terms of eating healthy food. Do not force your children to eat healthy food if you are not prepared to eat healthy food yourself. The eating rules should apply to everyone who lives in your household regardless of who they are. A love for healthy food can be installed at a young age.
Make Kids’ Fitness A Family Habit
A great way to encourage fitness sin children is to make fitness a family habit. This means working fitness into your daily routine. If you can’t fit it into your daily routine, ensure that your weekends with your children include at least one activity that involves going out and being active. If you make it a regular occurrence, your children will begin to expect activity and exercise as a part of their lives. Children adapt easily, so if you do not currently do this, you will be able to change your schedule and make it the norm over a very short period of time. Once you have created an environment where your children can accept fitness as a natural part of life, they will no longer need much encouragement.
Sneak In Exercise
Sneaking in exercise involves framing a family activity in such a way that it sounds like fun rather than like an obligation. For example you should avoid saying things like “Let’s go out and get some exercise”. Instead simply suggest family activities such as bike rides or having a picnic in the park and then let the physical activity happen on its own. If you bring along a ball or a Frisbee your kids will be getting exercise before you even know it. Kids will react negatively when the activity is framed as exercise, but they are fully willing to have as much fun as they possibly can. Other options include things like going for a swim in the local river or dam and heading to the beach to play.
Bring Out His Desire To Win
Children are naturally competitive. So this means that you will have greater success convincing a child to play a game if there is a chance for them to beat someone else. You can do this by:
- Setting up goals s that points can be scored with a ball.
- Having competitions to see who can throw the Frisbee the furthest.
- Running races, etc.
At the same time you need to convey that winning is not the be all and end all. You can do this by having a cheerful attitude when you lose the game yourself. The idea is to have fun, not to win. The desire to win is merely a tool to encourage fitness and not the end aim of this idea.
Sign Him Up For A Class Or A Team
Of course one of the best ways for your child to get fit is by signing him up for a class or a team of some kind. This should be done with your child’s permission and he should have a chance to vive his opinion regarding what sports or classes he would prefer to attend. Karate is a fairly good option as it has a lot of appeal for children. Soccer is another popular option, as is basketball. If your child is not particularly competitive, sign him up for a social sport where being serious is not a requirement. To inspire him to do sport you could send him to the same classes or practice sessions that some of his friends already attend. Asking other parents what their kids do will also help you find activities to keep your child fit.
It is very important that you ensure that your child stays fit all year round. This means doing activities that encourage fitness in winter as well as in summer. Here are some tips on what you could do during the colder months:
- If you live in an area that gets snow you could simply switch to regular skiing and snowboarding activities as a replacement for your summer outdoor activities. Ice-skating and snowshoeing are less risky and perhaps more suitable for younger children.
- There are also a number of indoor activities that can be done throughout winter. For example you could sign your child up for indoor rock climbing or roller skating clubs. Many sports also have indoor versions which mean that your children do not have to stop during winter.
- Heated swimming pools are available in many locations, allowing your child to continue swimming even in winter.
There are a number of other fitness tips for kids that you can also keep in mind. Some examples of these are the following:
- Organize the kids in your neighborhood by staging sports and other fitness competitions.
- Reward your child with small token prizes to maintain their interest.
- Be sure your children are getting enough sleep as this goes hand in hand with fitness.
The more creative you are, the more interested your children will be in keeping fit. This requires motivation and dedication on your part as well as on the part of your child and you need to lead the way by setting an example.
The above fitness tips for kids are a great way to keep your children interested in sport and motivated to maintain a decent level of fitness at all times. This is one of the harder parts of being a parent unless you are lucky enough to have children who are naturally active. Your attitude in the matter will make a huge difference in terms of your child’s motivation to achieve in sport and, as a consequence, to achieve well in life. These are not the only fitness tips for kids but they are some of the more effective ones that currently exist.